Alvida Farooque Sheikh: B-Town remembers the gentle soul

Humble gentleman, soft spoken, sophisticated and nuanced - the Bollywood fraternity, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shekhar Kapur, Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt, looked back at the late Farooque Sheikh's life and career with immense appr

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Humble gentleman, soft spoken, sophisticated and nuanced - the Bollywood fraternity, including Amitabh Bachchan, Shekhar Kapur, Karan Johar and Mahesh Bhatt, looked back at the late Farooque Sheikh's life and career with immense appreciation following the "Umrao Jaan" star's sudden demise.

Several actors and filmmakers took to microblogging site Twitter to express shock upon hearing the news of the veteran actor's death, which came after a heart attack in Dubai Friday night. He was 65.

Having starred in eclectic roles throughout his four-decade career, Farooque has left behind a wonderful body of work, ending with the recently released "Club 60".

Here's what the members of the Hindi film industry have to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Farooq Shaikh passes away. A true gentleman, a wonderful colleague. A quiet honesty about him. Very very sad. Cannot believe he has gone. There was an absence of any kind of pretence in his demeanour, or towards his work.

Karan Johar: RIP Farooq Shaikh. Your subtle, nuanced and genius body of work will live on forever.

Mahesh Bhatt: Alvida Farooque bhai. The warmth of your smile lingers in our memory!

Kunal Kapoor: Such terrible news about Farooqueji. Not only an incredible actor, but also one of the warmest, most amazing people I've ever met.

Rahul Khanna: Sad news about Farooque Sheikh. Such a talent is rare and such a thorough gentleman, even rarer. What a great! Premature loss.

Celina Jaitly: With a very heavy shocked heart I bid adieu from Egypt to legendary actor and my co-star of 'Accident On Hill Road' dearest Farooque saab. He was such a soft spoken gentleman, humility was his second name. It was such an honour to work with him.

Shekhar Kapur: RIP Farooque Sheikh. "Garam Hawa", "Chashme Buddoor", "Umrao Jaan"... List of brilliance is endless. Life passionately dedicated to his art. The last time we met, we talked politics. I wish we had talked film and acting. It's what we love most. I would have learned.

Neil Nitin Mukesh: RIP Faarooque Sheikhji. What an amazing actor! Lovely human being.

Ritesh Deshmukh: Shocked beyond words - RIP Farooq Shaikh, you will be missed sir.

Vinay Pathak: An actor and a gentleman is no more. There was so much to learn from the maverick, and he departs early. Truly the saddest demise!

Siddharth: The always wonderful Farooque Sheikh has passed away. Integral part of many a parallel cinema classic. Great man. Gone too soon sir.

Manoj Bajpai: Never felt so sad recently as I am feeling today after I heard the news of the sudden demise of Farooque Sheikh saab! Man with no pretence.

Rahul Bose: In shock to hear of Farooq Shaikh's passing. He was a perfect combination of a thorough gentleman who never minced his words.

Satish Kaushik: Sad to hear about the sudden demise of Farooq Shaikh. Brilliant actor, very cultured, sophisticated man. Will miss you Farooque saab.

Mohit Chauhan: The world's a lesser place today. You will be missed sir.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Deeply saddened to hear about Farooque Sheikh. Will miss his warmth, acting skills and gentlemanly demeanour.

Mini Mathur: Hope Farooq Shaikh is listening to the wonderful odes and goodbyes. We should appreciate people we admire while they are still around.

Divya Dutta: Woke up to hearing this terrible news about Farooque saab. The gentlest soul and magic on screen. My last meeting with him at Shabana Azmiji's house, I told him that 'The warmth and genuiness you exude is unparallelled'. His smile was straight from the heart. Miss you sir!

Sophie Choudry: Such sad news to wake up to. Fabulous actor, understated gentleman. Have loved him in so many films - from 'Noorie' to 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani'.

Arshad Warsi: Really sad to hear about Farooq Shaikh, admired him as a person and as an actor.

Nimrat Kaur: The extraordinary brilliance of the ordinary, blended in and stood out when he pleased. A true artist, what a gift of life was Farooq Shaikh.


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  • Posted on: 29 December 2013 at 12:07am416905

    It's truly a life well lived when every individual didn't just mention his work but how amazing of a human being he was. RIP!

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 4:56pmShaina_b

    I loved his pair with Deepti Naval!!!!

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 9:55amThe_May_Rose

    Rest in peace Farooq Shaikh Ji.

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 8:54amsoni28

    Great actor, condolences to the family.

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 8:10amserendipitous

    His choice of movies were very unique and symbolized the essence of the times in the 80s. A piece of me went with him. RIP Mr Sheikh, a life well lived.

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  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 7:44amgoolab

    May Allah bless him he I'd a good actir

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 6:43amsimran1285

    Always enjoyed his movies and his pairing with Deepti Naval. RIP sir, you left too soon.

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 5:12amseverus1

    May his soul rest in peace...His acting is straight from the heart..

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 3:57am..Akshita..

    A very shocking n sad news... His acting is straight from the heart... RIP Faaroque sir :(

  • Posted on: 28 December 2013 at 2:31amaNkItA.C

    May his soul rest in peace :(

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